Joe Bonamassa, guitar a great for t... from iknick, 27/10/10
Over the 38 years that I have been going to gigs, I have had the privilege to see many guitar greats; Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher, Joe Walsh, David Gilmour and Ritchie Blackmore among them. At the Colston Hall recently, I saw Joe Bonamassa for the first time, and from the fantastic performance that I saw, he deserves to be spoken in the same breath as those players.
Opening the show with Rory Gallaghers Cradle Rock, the relentless pace continued throughout almost two and a half hours of the show. Whether playing slide, acoustic or straightforward blues rock, Joe gave a virtuoso performance, backed by an excellent tight band.
For me, highlights of the night were spinetingling versions of Sloe Gin and Mountain Time, two songs that have become signatures for Bonamassa. Another highlight was a new song, Slow Train which has the hallmarks of becoming an essential live classic.
The icing on the cake was provided in the encore by a snatch of Zeppelins Dazed and Confused, Joe playing a perfect note for note homage to Jimmy Page. As a fan of Led Zeppelin, this was wonderful to see, the new guitar god saluting his roots.
This gig took me back to all those gigs that Id been to as a teenager in the seventies, such fun and an audience so appreciative of a great musician.
This may have been the first time that Id seen Joe Bonamassa live, but it certainly will not be the last. I cannot recommend him more highly. If you like blues rock, do yourself a favour and go to see Joe Bonamssa live, you will not regret it.